YogaPalooza: How “Flow” Can You Go?

Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that means “to place in a special way.”

Or, more simply … it means “to flow” from pose to pose with mindfulness.

While some Yoga traditions translate Vinyasa on the mat into a seriously sweaty form of exercise, that sort of misses the point.

Vinyasa uses breath and mindfulness and drishti (steady gaze) to connect the movement of the practice regardless of how sweaty and fast or how gently and slowly you move. The intensity of the practice is up to you.

And, although there’s nothing wrong with Sun Salutations, Vinyasa practice can be much more than Sun Salutations, too!

This week in YogaPaloozaVille, how “flow” can you go?

Monday, July 16 ~ Vinyasa: Rock

We start from our rock – Tadasana, Mountain.

Wait. What Was That?

From Mountain, we’ll use breath and mindfulness and Drishti to move through a classic Vinyasa practice … clearing away the distractions that can impede our life flow.

Wednesday, July 18 ~ Vinyasa: Roll

A Yoga “flow” can begin anywhere – standing, sitting, even lying down.  Wednesday’s not-so-classic Vinyasa flow practice can lubricate sticky joints and rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. A little untraditional? A little off the beaten path? Sure. Just roll with it …

It’s never too late to unroll your mat with us in YogaPaloozaVille!  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

The YogaPalooza schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

Flow, Flow, Flow Your Boatingly Yours, Jackie

YogaPalooza Starts This Week!

The 11th Annual YogaPalooza Session at Peaceful Hands begins today!

Hooray!

While you are welcome to join us at any time during the session, why not start with the kickoff week?

MONDAY, JULY 9 ~ Opening Night

We’ll open YogaPalooza tonight with an opening practice. Makes sense, right? Tonight’s Yoga will open shoulders, heart, hips, and sticky joints with familiar asanas (poses) and maybe we’ll toss in a sunny sun salutation (or two).

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 ~ Spine Awakening

Yoga reminds us that age isn’t measured by the years on a calendar, but by the flexibility of the spine.

True confession: Some days, the only spine I want to move is the spine on a book. But, don’t let your couch lure you away from your own back’s health.  With 26 bones, 120 muscles, and 100 joints, your spine is the anchor of your physical movement and the hub that connects your mind to your body via the nervous system. It needs some Yoga love.

That’s what our Spine Awakening practice is all about.

It’s also about my annual opportunity to share with you The Spine Song, where a sweater-wearing rabbit sings about the joys of having vertebrae. Plus, a giraffe! And, a puffin! Sing along …

 

“Everything In Life Is Fine, When You’re Constructed With A Spine.”

Join us in YogaPaloozaVille!  

Monday & Wednesday

4:30 p.m. Level 1  &  6:00 p.m. Level 1/Level 2

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

The full YogaPalooza summer schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

Vertebrally Yours, Jackie

 

YogaPalooza 2018: Print The Calendar, Win A Prize!

“Move The Way Joy Makes You Move.”

Quick reminder — this is the last week of the Mo’Spring Yoga session with classes on Monday and Wednesday this week, 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m..  So be sure to get your classes in before we wrap up the session.

And, I know that some of you like to print the YogaPalooza calendar to keep track of the quirky summer schedule.  So, I’ve put together a downloadable copy in PDF format for you.  It makes a lovely addition to any refrigerator.  Or, take it with you.

Interesting photos of your calendar and you out in the world — at your office, on the beach, in the garden, out for a walk with your dogs, on the mat! — are always welcomed. And, yes, you’ll win a prize if your photo is the super-duper awesomest!

Email your YogaPalooza-ish photos to jackie@peacefulhands.com

Here’s the calendar: YogaPalooza 2018 Calendar

And, for more info on YogaPalooza, including details on the schedule, visit here: Ready … Set … It’s YogaPalooza 2018!

And, yes, please share the calendar with your friends — it would be great to welcome more friends to the Peaceful Hands Yoga community this summer and your referral and outreach would mean a great deal.  Thank you!

See you on the mat! 

Paloozfully Yours, Jackie

Ready … Set … It’s YogaPalooza 2018!

YogaPalooza 2018  – our 11th Annual Summer On The Mat – begins Monday, July 9 and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, August 29.

Every YogaPalooza class has a unique focus. Some are classic. Some are funky. Some sparkfully challenging. Some restfuliciously grounding.

Plus, two new guest instructors will bring their special Yoga spirits to two Saturday morning classes.

If you’ve never experienced YogaPalooza … it’s my time to share special classes, following classic and not-so-classic Yoga themes. All in the spirit of bringing balance and ease. A little irreverent, sure. Sometimes goofy. Always fun.

I’m excited to share this year’s YogaPalooza 2018 calendar with you … 

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YogaPaloozaX This Week & A Favor To Ask

Your YogaPaloozaX Schedule … & a class survey that needs your input … 

When YogaPaloozaX started two months — and 16 classes — ago, it seemed like it would last forever. Isn’t summer always like that?

Then whoosh! here we are and summer’s nearly gone.

The last two classes of our summer session are this week. Time to squeeze the last little bit out of our 10th Annual YogaPalooza celebration!

Here’s your schedule … plus, a favor to ask (in the form of an anonymous class survey that can help improve our classes and studio …)

Monday, August 28 ~ Peaceful Warrior

Warriors — and Warrior poses — can get a bad rap, conjuring up images of confrontation and war. That’s a shame, because that’s not the point. True Warriors are the ultimate peace-niks. It is through their internal strength, poise, confidence, and calm that they are able to rise above the tumult of life’s stresses and conflicts. Peaceful Warriors are heart-ful, not heartless.

Wednesday, August 30 ~ X Marks The Spot

X marks the spot on a treasure map. This year, YogaPalooza celebrated X, the 10th year of our special summer sessions. We’ll close our summer in YogaPaloozaVille with an X class to treasure.

Peaceful Hands Yoga 2017 Survey

Feedback is a great part of Yoga. Our body & brain give us feedback on every pose, which can transform our practice. Now I need some feedback from you.  Your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and, yes, criticisms are incredibly helpful in making Peaceful Hands a better place for Yoga.

Whether you come to class regularly, once in awhile, or want to, but just haven’t had a chance, I would love to hear from you. Your answers are private and anonymous. Just 10 quick questions and a few minutes of your time.

The survey will stay open for just a few days, so please take a moment right now to share your thoughts with me. Thank you so much for your insights and help!

Here’s the link:  2017 Peaceful Hands Yoga Survey

Be sure to click “DONE” at the bottom of the survey to record your answers!

Classes this week

4:30 p.m. Level One   |   6:00 p.m. Level One/Level Two

We’ll be off Labor Day week … our 8-week Fall Sesh’ will begin Monday, September 11. I’ll send out a reminder when we get closer!

Thank you for sharing your Yoga with me this summer. YogaPalooza would be a drag without you.

Paloozaly Yours, Jackie 

YogaPaloozaX This Week: Yantra To Yin & More!

Just two weeks — and five classes — of YogaPaloozaX left!

Here’s this week in YogaPaloozaville — three unique, inspiring Yoga practices:

MONDAY, AUGUST 21 ~ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. ~ Tibetan Yantra Yoga

Tibetan Yantra Yoga is special practice made up of unique Yoga sequences that knit together breath and movement. The result? A moving practice that loosens the joints and frees energy on a very deep level.

(No Class on Wednesday, August 23.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 ~ 4:30 & 6:00 p.m. ~ Yin Yoga

Holding Yin Yoga poses for many focused breaths allows you to let go and say “ahhhh.” This traditional practice releases the muscles, helps to free up restrictions in connective tissue, and has a deeply relaxing and soothing effect on the mind.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 ~ 9:30 a.m. ~ Earth Wind & Fire

Ayurveda, the science of Yoga, reminds us that we are earth … wind … and fire.  This Ayurvedic-inspired practice will honor those elements within us as they relate to the physical body, the mind, and our natural energetic tendencies.

Monday & Friday Classes This Week

4:30 p.m. Level One   |    6:00 p.m. Level One/Two

Saturday Class

9:30 a.m. Level One/Two

Summer’s winding down and we’re in the home stretch of YogaPaloozaX … just FIVE classes left.  

If you’re keeping track, we have one added class to the calendar so YogaPaloozaX will extend through Wednesday, August 30.  Also one other change: our fall sesh’ will begin the week after Labor Day … on Monday, September 11.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

YogaPaloozaX … X marks the spot.

Warmingly, Coolingly, Stretchfully, Restfully Yogically Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

YogaPaloozaX This Week ~ Oh My!

Just a quick reminder of what’s up in YogaPaloozaville this week (and a schedule update) …

Monday, August 14 ~ Good Vibrations … Focusing on the deepest energy of the body, we’ll use Yoga asanas and humming vibrations to refresh our central nervous system and encourage good health from top to bottom. You’ll sparkle from the inside out.

Wednesday, August 16 ~ Magical Mystery Yoga … You wait all year for this one, don’t you? Here it is. Don’t miss it.  (Please note ~ A familiarity with Yoga and with my classes is necessary to truly enjoy and benefit from this class. Currently registered 8-week and unlimited students only, please.)

4:30 p.m. Level One   |    6:00 p.m. Level One/Two

Summer’s winding down and we’re in the home stretch of YogaPaloozaX … SEVEN classes left.  

If you’re keeping track, we have one added class to the calendar so YogaPaloozaX will extend through Wednesday, August 30.  Also one other change: our fall sesh’ will begin the week after Labor Day … on Monday, September 11.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

YogaPaloozaX … X marks the spot.

Fab4lisiciously, Hummmtastically Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

 

 

 

“Sweet 16” Workshop Is Saturday, 8/12 At 9:30 a.m.

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YogaPaloozaX continues this Saturday! Join one of my favorite Yoga and natural health instructors Margaret Leary and experience the “Sweet 16” energy flow series on Saturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia.

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Margaret explains what the “Sweet 16” can do for you …

The Sweet 16 is an energy flow series of movement that follows the subtle energy channels of the body following Traditional Chinese Medicine. In our workshop, we will explore, through 16 specially designed exercises, the flow pattern moving from the yang (active energy) to the yin (quiet energy) through the lower body to the upper body and back again. By following these pathways, through specific exercises, energy is released and the resistance of the moves creates a feeling of lightness in the body as energy is moved from one muscle group on to the next.

The Sweet 16 is part of an overall Resistance Flexibility Strength Training (RFST) system. It is a system of exercise, movement, stretching, and resisting.  It cleanses and strengthens the physical body, but its effects will be felt on the spiritual, psychological, and emotional levels as well. As RFST Founder Bob Cooley has said, RFST is about “becoming flexible in ALL ways.”

Doing the Sweet 16 on a daily basis is like “brushing your teeth”… an inner body cleansing that will leave your body prepared to dance, play golf, do Yoga, or take part in the FUN activity of your choice.

Come feel the experience!

Margaret’s workshop will run from 9:30 until 11 a.m.  Dress for a Yoga-style class and bring your mat.

“Sweet 16” is part of our ongoing YogaPalooza session. It is included in the Unlimited Class option or counts for one class of the 8-class session.  Drop-in’s may attend for $13.

Check out the full YogaPalooza schedule here.  General info, including studio directions, are here.

YogaPalooza … because Summer & Yoga are perfect together.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia

YogaPaloozaX This Week: Yoga Three Ways!

Make it a stress-free week with YogaPaloozaX.

Three classes this week that will Yogify you in wonderfully beneficial — and wonderfully different — ways. Your Yogafication begins here …

Monday, August 7 ~ Yoga Nidra

Level 1 at 4:30 p.m.  … Level 1 / Level 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Yoga Nidra is a classic practice, focused on quieting and calming the mind and spirit. Not as much movement as a regular on-the-mat practice, the foundation of Yoga Nidra is a beautiful and revitalizing guided meditation. There is a much (much) longer relaxation segment, so bring an extra layer or covering or pillow if you like. (No napping!)

Wednesday, August 9 ~ Sun ‘n’ Moon

Level 1 at 4:30 p.m.  … Level 1 / Level 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Classic Sun Salutations — Surya Namaskar — energize the body, warm and lubricate the joints, and stretch you to your edges.

Moon Salutations — Chandra Namaskar — cool the flow, soften the heart, and ease the mind.

Knit them together into a single class? Why that’s so crazy it just might work. Let’s do it.

(The video at the bottom of this post will give you a head start on preparing for your sunny sun saluting.)

Saturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. ~ “Sweet 16” with Margaret Leary

Join one of my favorite Yoga and natural health instructors Margaret Leary and experience her “Sweet 16” energy flow series, based on the Resistance Flexibility Strength Training (RFST) system. Margaret’s wonderful practice will blend exercise, movement, stretching, and isometric resisting.  It cleanses and strengthens the physical body, and its effects will be felt even more deeply.

Lots of summer left … & it’s never too late to join us in YogaPaloozaVille.  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

Sunshiney & Moontastically Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

YogaPaloozaX ~ Island Time For Hipsters!

A sandy beach … ocean waves on your toes … bright sun, blue sky … I’m positive that it’s time to stir it up!  YogaPaloozaX brings a hip little island vibe to Peaceful Hands Yoga this week. Join us!

Monday, July 31 ~ Reggae Yoga 

A little bit of drum, a little bit of sun (saluting), a little bit of beach spirit.  I’ll bring the Ocean Wall, you bring your mat!

Montego Bay

Montego Bay. Photo: Fritz Rudolf Loewa, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

Wednesday, August 2   ~   Hamsters? No.   Hipsters? Yes!

The hips are the essential hub that connects upper body and lower. Hips keep you solid and standing upright, they give you a place to sit, and they give you movement. They are also essential for proper hula-hooping. That’s a lot of responsibility if you think about it. Maybe that’s why they get so uptight and ornery from time to time. You know how much your hips want this class. Don’t disappoint them.

Join us  …

Monday & Wednesday 

4:30 p.m. Level 1  &  6:00 p.m. Level 1/Level 2

It’s never too late to join us in YogaPaloozaVille.  

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia 

Positively, Hipfully, Reggaesishly Yours, Jackie

The YogaPaloozaX schedule is here. General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.